(Self-harm trigger warning:) In December 2017, Jacob Gland survived a self-inflicted gunshot in an attempt to commit suicide. After some time, he started to develop symptoms from that incident, which led him to be diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a condition that made life a bit more challenging.
With his best buddy Liberty at his side, Jacob gathers all his courage to talk about the most painful and traumatic life-changing experience he has had. He uses this to effectively educate his audience and share his realizations after coming so close to death.
Jacob is a suicide survivor who is now a motivational speaker and life coach advocating for mental health. He is also nationally certified as an interventionist who holds an international Master’s degree for addiction coaching. Together with Liberty, his ultimate mission is to make a positive impact on someone’s life every single day. For him, it does not have to be a grand gesture; it can even be as simple as flashing someone a smile. He seeks to remind people that the world is a better place with them in it.
The passionate mental health advocate deeply understands how feelings of loneliness and hopelessness may drive people toward putting an end to their lives. In high school, he was diagnosed with major depressive disorder and anxiety disorder. These played a big part in his suicide attempt in 2017. Indeed, Jacob has been in the lowest of the lows. He hit rock bottom and reached the point of no return. Jacob may have pulled the trigger, but he lived to talk about it.
With his best buddy Liberty at his side, Jacob gathers all his courage to talk about the most painful and traumatic life-changing experience he has had. He uses this to effectively educate his audience and share his realizations after the suicide attempt.
As a suicide survivor, Jacob has the ability to relate to others who are in the same boat as he had been a few years ago. He is quick to empathize because he knows exactly how they are feeling. By relating to them at a more personal level, he can help them see and understand the true wonders of life that he has seen today. Telling his story is also a great way to spread awareness about mental health issues and, ultimately, break the stigma that surrounds mental illnesses.
With all these in mind, Jacob hopes to have the opportunity to travel across the country with his emotional support system, Liberty, and speak with the youth in universities, organizations, or even in treatment and correctional facilities to spread mental health awareness.
His unmatched passion for helping people realize that they can take their life back even after being diagnosed with PTSD or any other mental health illness is what keeps Jacob going. He himself is the living proof and embodiment of such reality, and he is determined to inspire people through this. To know more about Jacob Gland and Liberty, feel free to reach out to them through Jacob Gland LLC’s website. You can also follow Liberty and Jacob’s journey on Instagram (@Liberty_theservicedog_rcjg).